Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas comprise 22 musical dramas in a variety of genres. They range from the small-scale, derivative works of his youth to the full-fledged operas of his maturity. Three of the works were abandoned before completion and were not performed until many years after the composer's death. His mature works are all considered classics and have never been out of the repertory of the world's opera houses.
From a very young age Mozart had, according to opera analyst David Cairns, "an extraordinary capacity [...] for seizing on and assimilating whatever in a newly encountered style (was) most useful to him". In a letter to his father, dated 7 February 1778, Mozart wrote, "As you know, I can more or less adopt or imitate any kind and style of composition". He used this gift to break new ground, becoming simultaneously "assimilator, perfector and innovator". Thus, his early works follow the traditional forms of the Italian opera seria and opera buffa as well as the German Singspiel. In his maturity, according to music writer Nicholas Kenyon, he "enhanced all of these forms with the richness of his innovation", and, in Don Giovanni, he achieved a synthesis of the two Italian styles, including a seria character in Donna Anna, buffa characters in Leporello and Zerlina, and a mixed seria-buffa character in Donna Elvira.
Father Ben Lodge, a priest who has worked on the sainthood cause of Spencer, said ... He was educated at Eton and Cambridge but turned his back on a life of immense wealth by converting to the Catholic faith a decade after he was shocked by a scene in the Mozart opera Don Giovanni which sees the eponymous anti-hero taken to hell by a troop of devils ... .
You don’t have to be a history nut to enjoy SarasotaOpera’s production of “Maid to Mistress” (“La serva padrona”) with its comedic banter and buffoonery. However, you will be experiencing what is considered the first example of the great opera buffo style made popular decades later by Mozart.
Mike was a convivial and generous host and with his wife, Brenda (nee Cordeiro), a community nurse whom he married in 1965, he loved to welcome friends and students to their home in Sussex, where he shared his scientific knowledge and his love of poetry, Shakespeare, opera and the music of Mozart and Schubert... Reuse this content. .
The composers’ names are big, but not the scale in two virtual valentines the Baylor OperaTheater performs this weekend ... “Bastien und Bastienne” is Mozart’s first opera, written when he was 12 years old — “a very talented 12-year-old,” Stephenson observed ... Baylor Opera Theater.